Ritz Carlton's New
Thai Master Chef Reigns Supreme Both in the Kitchen
and the Kick-Boxing Ring.
We'd praise this man's talents even if we didn't
harbor some latent fear that he might just practice
the ancient Thai fighting art of Muay Thai
on our person if we spoke disparagingly of his
culinary gifts. For Chef Nu Suandokmai
is not only a renowned Thai Chef, but he also
holds the distinction of being South Australia's
National Kickboxing Champion.
Recently joining the Ritz-Carlton, Bali Resort
& Spa, "Chef Nu" has just launched
the new look and new menu at the Resort's Padi
Restaurant together with two assistant Thai
chefs. The three-man team have set a new standard
for Thai cuisine available in Bali, creating menus
that are both faithful to their homeland traditions
and affordable to the local market.
Hailing from the ancient capital of Ayutthaya,
Chef Nu moved to Australia in 1988 where
he quickly established a reputation for his cooking
talents culminating in the opening of his own
establishment Nu Thai in Adelaide, a two-star
Mietta Best Australian Restaurant.
The praise flowed in: Wine & Spirit Magazine
suggested that Nu's "great ingenuity and skill"
made his restaurant perhaps "the best Thai restaurant
in Australia." Gourmet Traveler said, "Nu's
cooking is sensational," while declaring his seafood
soup no less than "life restoring." Good Food
Guide 2003 proclaimed, "Nu cooks exquisite
Thai food that draw the crowds."
The same innovative approach of uncompromising
authenticity that earned such praise remains the
hallmark of his Thai menu at Padi Restaurant.
A true culinary craftsman who has witnessed unforgivable
"mixing of styles" in many Thai establishments
promises that Padi Restaurant will see
only true authentic dishes with a modern stylish
In order to keep in touch with his culinary roots,
Nu returns twice a year to Ayutthaya to
reconnect with his culture's cuisine and history.
The employment of two exceptional native Thai
chefs direct from Thailand also ensures the clarity,
accents and intensity of flavors so unique to
Thai cooking will be preserved in his Bali kitchen.
Chef's favorites include, Masssaman Gai
- a southern style chicken curry served on a bed
of sweet potato mash; Yum Hua Plee - an
original old style salad recipe of banana flower
with grilled chicken, lime roasted chili and shallot,
fresh coriander and mint leaves; Choo Chee
Goong Mangkorn - lobster topped with a thick
curry sauce, Thai sweet basil, lime leaves, green
pepper corns and coconut milk; and Nu's
signature dish Mien Kham, - an appetizer
of betel leaves topped with prawn, chili, lime,
ginger peanuts and a dense coconut sauce.
Padi Restaurant is open for dinner 7 days
a week from 6.00pm 11.30pm.
Based on our experience of Chef Nu's handiwork,
prudent diners would be wise to make advance reservations.
New Italian Restaurant
in Sanur Earning Rave Reviews.
A review on the authoritative Bali on-line restaurant
piqued both our curiosity and our digestive juices.
Could Bali's Sanur Beach finally have a restaurant
able to draw the crowds and last the distance
on a stretch famous for seeing new restaurants
depart almost as fast as they appear?
Massimo Il Ristorante
Owned and operated by Massimo Sacco, Massimo
Il Ristorante has the name of its formidable
Chef over the door; a personal guarantee of the
memorable dining experience that awaits within.
Born in the Baroque coastal city of Lecce, near
Italy's Adriatic Coast, Massimo honed his culinary
skills at a top Italian Hotel School before accepting
cooking assignments in the United Kingdom, Germany
and aboard a luxury cruise ship.
Intent on faithfully duplicating the provincial
tastes of his native province, he imports genuine
ingredients and insists on making his own pastas
on the premises, including a special Lecce-style
fettuccine perhaps found only in Bali or
on the streets of Massimo's boyhood home. Forsake
any pledge to avoid carbohydrates and try Massimo's
Risotto. Past encounters with this dish gave
it all the appeal of yesterday's porridge. However,
here it transformed into a wonderful symphony
of rice, cheese, sausage and mushrooms - worthy
of the 20 minutes wait advance warning on the
All this plus outstanding meat dishes, salads,
pizzas from a wood fired oven, and a bar offering
wine at affordable prices make for a memorable
A selection from a sumptuous desserts list, including
home made gelato and tiramisu, served
with strong espresso and an Italian liqueur in
the restaurant's courtyard - left us tossing three
coins in the fountain and planning our next visit.
Massimo Il Ristorante is located
on Jalan Danau Tamblingan 206 in Sanur. Telephone
Monty Brown Takes
Over From Guy Heywood at Aman Resorts Indonesia.
After 7 years in Bali, 5 as the Manager of the
Amankila and 2 in charge of Amanusa
and as Area Manager for all the Aman Resorts
in Indonesia, Guy Heywood is moving on to a new
challenge overseeing Aman's U.S. and Caribbean
developments, based at the Amangani in
Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Joining guy in his move to the U.S.A. will be
his wife, Tracy, and their three daughters - Sascha
(8), Innes (6) and Cleo (3 months).
Welcome, Monty Brown
Replacing Guy at the Amanusa and Aman
Resorts Indonesia will be Hawaii-born Monty
Brown. A graduate in Hospitality and Business
Administration from the University of Denver
Hotel School, Monty has worked in Hawaii,
French Polynesia, and most recently with the Amangani
in Wyoming (U.S.A.) where he was the General Manager
and Country Manager for Aman Resorts.
Married to Kiki, the Brown's are parents to a
son, Manoa (10), and daughter, Malia (7).
Making Space Available
on Feng Shui Conducts Workshops in East
Bali September 8-21, 2004.
Recognized as a leading authority on the science
of "Space Clearing" or "Feng Shui,"
Karen Kingston spends at least half of the year
in Bali overseeing the operation of her Feng
Shui-inspired hotel in East Bali together
with her Balinese husband.
The author of a number of books on her favorite
subject, Karen's Creating Sacred Space
(1996) and Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui
(1998) are international best sellers that have
been translated into 21 languages. Born in England,
Karen has appeared on TV and radio around the
world and her workshops in the U.K., U.S.A., Australia,
Singapore and Bali draw packed audiences.
A Series of Bali Workshops
Back by popular demand, Karen Kingston will conduct
a series of workshops in East Bali from September
8-21 sharing her understanding of "Space Clearing"
and the powerful impact her insights have had
on the lives of thousands.
This year's schedule of workshops:
A Sacred Way of Life - September
Clear Your Clutter - September
Space Clearing - September
Advanced Space Clearing - September
Personal Purification Ceremony
- September 15, 2004.
Balinese Gong Lessons - September
Change Your Bedroom, Change Your Life!
- September 17, 2004.
Personal Sessions with Karen Kingston
- September 19-21, 2004.
Mention "Bali Update" when booking your
workshop and receive a 10% discount!
ASEAN Tourism Ministers to Table Indonesia's Fiscal Fee at Summit in Malaysia in January 2005.
The call to eliminate Indonesia's controversial Fiskal fee levied on Indonesian nationals and residents whenever they travel abroad is to be tabled for discussion at the coming ASEAN Tourism Forum 2005 (ATF) to be held in Langkawi, Malaysia, January 21-29, 2005.
Admitting the decision to charge the Rp. 1 million fee (approximately US$ 105), was an internal matter of Indonesian State policy, the President of the ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA), Mr. Agus Salim Abdul Razak hoped that an alternative might be found that was more in step with current efforts to increase intra-ASEAN travel.
The ATF is the annual major travel show for ASEAN and is preceded each year by a summit meeting between all of ASEAN's Tourism Ministers. An estimate 400 international buyers of travel products engage in sales meetings with 400 representatives of travel suppliers from the 10 member nations of ASEAN.
Oktoberfest at Kuta
Plaza to Provide a German Preliminary to This
Year's Kuta Karnival.
Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel & Villas
will provide a preliminary "kick-off" event
for the Second Annual Kuta Karnival set
to run from September 23 October 3, 2004.
The Resort will set the mood for the month of
festivities that follow with an "Oktoberfest"
- a traditional German food and drink festival
to be held at the Resort over two days, September
The festival menu includes favorite German dishes,
a range of Erdinger Weissbier Beers, original
German Apfel schnapps, wine and apple spritzers.
Lucky draws and door prizes and evening entertainment
in the form of competitions in beer drinking,
tobacco snuffing, and log sawing are all on tap.
An authentic oompah band direct from German
will also be on hand to play each evening from
7:00 11:00 p.m.
The closing of the Oktoberfest on September
23 will coincide with the commencement of Kuta
Karnival - a program of non-stop activities
that ends on October 3 and includes non-stop activities
along the entire length of the world famous beach
Bali Discovery Tours is pleased
to announce the availability of a luxurious Gulfstream
IV Executive Jet for private charter.
Based in Singapore, regional and international
destinations are easily accessible to the 14 passengers
carried aboard this super-quiet, super-fast corporate
jet that flies at 51,000 feet and has a range
of 4,800 miles.
The preferred corporate jet of Fortune 500's top
companies, the Gulfstream IV holds round
the world speed records.
State of the art communication and entertainment
systems and a sumptuous luxury fit out make this
the "way to go" for the discerning modern-day
doyens of industry and commerce.
Charter prices will vary, depending on routings
Contact Bali Discovery Tours
for price quotations.
Special Rates on Golf and Accommodation for Travel Industry Workers.
Le Mιridien Nirwana Golf & Spa Resort have extended special rates to the travel industry to allow agents to sample both the accommodation and championship golf facilities of their world-renowned resort.
Stay and Play
A special industry rate for 18 holes of golf on Greg Norman's Signature Course is just US$ 60 for tourism industry workers staying at the resort. And, to make that possible, the hotel has joined in by providing accommodation rates for travel agents of only US$ 55, including tax, service and daily breakfast. Bookings in August will have a high season surcharge of US$ 20 added.
Industry rates are subject to availability at time of reservation and the production of ID on check in at the Golf Club and Hotel.
Indonesia's Tourism Sector Projected to Employ 12 Million Workers by 2009.
Indonesia's tourism industry is capable of providing direct lucrative employment to 12 million people by 2009, providing the Government makes a serious commitment to tourism development. That was the promise and the challenge issued by the Chairwoman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), Ms. Yanti S. Hardjoprakoso recently when she projected the tourism sector could double its current employment levels in just five years.
Quoted in the Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia, Ms. Hardjoprakoso said, "The tourism industry and especially the PHRI, hope that the incoming Government will seriously consider the recommendations we have made. Globally, tourism has already become an important industry for the Country." She went on to cite statistics to support her argument, saying France had 75 million visitors in 2003, while China had 100 million visitors in 2002 and the United Arab Emirates were able to attract 12 million visitors.
Claiming that Indonesia's tourism sector had created 2-3 million new jobs in the past three years despite difficult circumstances, she said the sector's work force could double in only five years if all branches of the Government showed a strong commitment to support tourism. That commitment, according to the PHRI Chairwoman, includes financial and non-financial incentives to investors and better coordination between the Central Government and provincial authorities.
In her comments to the press, Ms. Hardjoprakoso
renewed her call for the Government to enhance
tourism from its current official status under
a Ministry to be upgraded to become a full-fledged
department of the National Government.
Museum Rudana Celebrates its 8th Anniversary
Festivities Include Exhibition and Awards to 4 Leading Artists.
Museum Rudana - a priceless repository
of Indonesian art was founded by Mr. Nyoman Rudana
eight years ago in the Peliatan Community, near
Ubud. To celebrate this milestone and the Museum's
continuing commitment to the promotion of art,
the Museum Rudana is holding a month-long
exhibition by four senior artists: the Indonesian-based
Srihadi Soedarsono; Bali's own I Nyoman Gunarsa
and Made Winanta; and the Singapore artist Kumari
The four, selected by Mr. Rudana for their individual contributions to the world of art, were honored by the presentation of the inaugural Ksatria Art Award 2004 presented to the artists at the opening of a month-long exhibition of their works on August 8, 2004.
The actual award, symbolizing the gallantry and stewardship implied in the Sanskrit derivations of the word Ksatria, is a trophy fashioned by Ruma Jewelry based on silver arrow inlaid with gold and yellow sapphires. According to Mr. Rudana, the trophy symbolizes the passion for humanity and creative freedom embodied in the decade's long artistic journey of the four recipients.
"Beauty in ethics and aesthetics serve the good of the world and not destruction."
"God gave us the spirit and the strength of the intellect: why we do not try to use them as source for our creative force in order to give it to our beloved world."
I Nyoman Gunarsa
"I have duties as an artist. It is thinking about art, our society, our natural environment, the place of mankind in cosmos."
"All life, all matter, all being originates in a single vibration."
The exhibition by the 4 newly knighted artists will run at the Museum Rudana through September 8, 2004.
For more information call the Museum at ++62-(0)361-975779.
Parachutist Perishes During Mass Free Fall
54 Year Old Veteran Skydiver's Chute Fails to Deploy.
A record-setting mass parachute jump by 103 skydivers representing 16 countries was cast into mourning when an Indonesian jumper lost his life in a post-record-setting celebratory jump on Wednesday, August 11, 2004.
54-year-old Theo P. Mandagi, one of Indonesia's most senior parachutists and a member of a legendary family of skydivers, perished when his main and auxiliary chutes failed to deploy. His body, still wearing the unopened chute, was discovered by villagers just south of Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport at sunset on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day Mandagi had successfully participated in a mass formation led by one of the world's leading skydiving instructors, Mr. B.J. Worth of the United States. A group of 103 jumped over Bali from a single Air Force C-130 aircraft at 18,000 feet to form a massive red and white propeller formation.
The deceased, Theo Mandagi, hails from a family with deep connections to the sport of skydiving in Indonesia. Both his wife and two daughters are active participants in the sport. Three skydiving brothers of Mandagi perished in the crash of a small plane outside Jakarta in 1986 during take off on a skydiving exhibition.
Lack of Domestic Tourism Data Base
Minister Ardika Cites Lack of Reliable Data on Large Domestic Tourist Market.
Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr. I Gede Ardika, has underlined the lack of reliable data and statistics which addresses the substantial domestic tourism market in the Country.
Speaking to the Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia, the Minister said, "The definition of what is a domestic tourist statistic doesn't yet exist. Thus, detailed data on domestic tourism is not available. To date, the information presented is only in the form of random surveys and tourism statistics embedded within national economic surveys carried out by the National Bureau of Statistic (BPS), which are only undertaken once every 5 years."
Admitting the need for more detailed indicators of domestic tourism and its contribution to the economy, the Minister said given present limitations he was pessimistic that the BPS would undertake such data collection anytime in the near future.
He urged the Nation's hotel industry to begin collating statistics on domestic tourists in order that a better understanding of that market's profile and how best to market to them can be obtained.
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